Courier’s Merecedes J. Williams celebrates 10 years as ‘Movie Scene Queen’


Preeti’s Pitt in the Strip District presented a special edition of “Feel Good Fridays” on Jan. 27 featuring the “Movie Scene Queen,” Merecedes J. Williams. Over 200 hundred people showed up to celebrate with Williams, who celebrated her 10th anniversary for being “Movie Scene Queen” and she also celebrated her birthday, too.

Celebrity bartenders included Mayor Ed Gainey, First Lady Michelle Gainey, Emmy Award-winner Emmai Alaquiva, and WPXI-TV reporter Talia Kirkland. Over $1,900 was raised for the Single Parent Project, which Williams instituted as part of the “Movie Scene Queen: umbrella to help single parents in Pittsburgh.

Portia Foxx was the host of the evening, and DJ Selecta was spinning all the hits.


Mayor Ed Gainey, First Lady Michelle Gainey, Merecedes Williams, and PreetI Tuli

“I feel full, accomplished and eager to continue to serve this Greater Pittsburgh community,” Williams told the New Pittsburgh Courier. “The past decade has been a roller coaster of learning experiences and joyful milestones. From my interview with Spike Lee to my first viral film review, I am realizing that I am currently living my dream.

“It is my duty to serve. I stand on the shoulders of so many icons who decided to give back to me, even when I didn’t deserve it. Lynne Hayes-Freeland, Dr. Sylvester Pace, Chris Moore, Olga George, Dr. Anthony Kane all saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself. I only hope that I use that energy to deposit love, grace and kindness into someone else.”

Cousins Bomani and Maisha Howze






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